Iran General NewsIran backtracks on 'engineers' release in Syria

Iran backtracks on ‘engineers’ release in Syria

-

AFP: Iran on Sunday backtracked on reports that five Iranian “engineers” abducted in Syria had been freed — the second time in months it retracted news of their liberation.

TEHRAN (AFP)— Iran on Sunday backtracked on reports that five Iranian “engineers” abducted in Syria had been freed — the second time in months it retracted news of their liberation.

Kazem Sajjadi, a foreign ministry official in charge of Iranians abroad, told state television that five Iranian pilgrims who had been kidnapped separately had been released, but that the five engineers remained captives.

“We hope that negotiations (through Iranian embassies in Turkey, Qatar and Syria) can pave the way for the release of engineers,” Sajjadi said after he welcomed the five pilgrims upon their arrival in Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport.

He corrected reports last Thursday by state media that 12 Iranian nationals — the five engineers and seven pilgrims — had been freed in Syria after a months-long ordeal.

The five nationals described by Iranian officials as engineers were said to have been working on an electricity plant near the city of Homs for Iran’s Power Plant Projects Management Company when they were taken in late December.

Early reports said a total of seven Iranian engineers had been abducted near Homs — five initially, then two others who had gone to search for them.

Iran previously said in February the seven had been freed before correcting the information and reporting that they remained captives.

An unknown group calling itself the “Movement Against the Expansion of Shiism in Syria” claimed responsibility for the Iranians’ abduction in a statement received by AFP in Nicosia at the beginning of January.

The rebel Free Syrian Army later said it was holding five Iranian Revolutionary Guards abducted in Homs, but it was not clear if it was referring to the “engineers” or to a different group of Iranians.

In addition, 22 Iranian pilgrims travelling to holy Shiite sites in Syria were reported to have been kidnapped since late December. More than half of them have been released since early February.

Syria, Iran’s principal ally in the Middle East, is roiled by a year-long uprising that has seen more than 9,000 people killed, according to UN estimates.

Rebels accuse Iran of helping Syrian authorities in their deadly crackdown.

Latest news

Iran’s New Generation Seeks Nothing but Regime Change

In a silly and desperate statement, the Iranian regime’s foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian claimed that nothing special is going...

Iran’s Youths Broke the Spell of Fear

One of the main characteristics of the recent protests in Iran is the courage and fearlessness of the people,...

Iran Is on the Brink of a Revolution

The wall of fear has been broken. In many cities across Iran, women are taking to the streets, leading...

Iran’s Regime Claims To Fill Global Energy Gap Despite Crippled Petroleum Sector

In recent weeks, the Iranian regime’s officials have been constantly exaggerating their huge capacity in oil and gas reserves...

What Is Happening in Iran?

Following the brutal killing of Masha Amini, the Iranian people have once again united to fight and defeat the...

Iran Regime’s Ministry of Culture’s Decision To Eliminate Children’s Intellectual Centers

With the so-called ‘Cultural Revolution’ which took place between 1980 and 1983, the Iranian regime tried to purge the...

Must read

Iran Economy Freefall and Imminent Uprisings

By Pooya Stone The Iranian economy is falling fast...

Two killed in Iran gas pipeline blast: reports

AFP: Two people were killed and 16 others injured...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you